Andre Porter

Andre P.

Chicago, IL

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Andre delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Making students better musicians is my true passion in life. My philosophy is to find what is unique about you as an individual and how can we demonstrate that in your performance abilities. We will move at your pace to increase mastery and instruction will be tailored towards your specific learning needs.

I am a Chicago born and raised professional musician who is also a state of Illinois Certified Music Instructor and Educator. My instrumental instruction began in 5th grade and has enhanced my life ever since. I received All-Catholic Band Honors and the John Philip Sousa award in high school which allowed for me to take my talents to the United States Marine Corps Musician's Enlistment Program. I studied Music Theory and Aural Skills at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, before transitioning to become a member of the 1st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, CA, specializing in saxophone and clarinet. After completing my military enlistment, I returned to Chicago and obtained a degree in Music Performance from Chicago State University while continuing to perform my military service as the principal saxophonist and squad leader for the 85th Division U.S. Army Reserve Band, Arlington Heights, IL. Throughout my military service, I specialized in jazz big band and combo, marching band and concert band performances. I have received multiple letters of appreciation and accommodation for my musical efforts. I began teaching music in 1997 and have never stopped.

As a professional musician, I have performed for former Presidents of the United States and several heads of state from around the world. Additionally, I have recorded professionally on military service concerts, a film soundtrack, and collaborated on studio recordings for local artists. I have also submitted musical works for consideration in the John Lennon Song Writer's Competition.

As an educator, I have taught General Music, band and private vocal and instrumental lessons throughout the state of Illinois for the past twenty years. I have previously served as the Music Coordinator for the Beverly Arts Center as well as a resident teacher instructing individuals from youth to adult.

Everyone has the capability to demonstrate their love of Music!

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Music Teacher
Feb 2013 - Present
Chicago Public Schools

Music Teacher
Aug 2011 - Feb 2013
University of Chicago Hyde Park Day School

Music Coordinator
Jun 2008 - Sep 2009
Beverly Arts Center

Music Teacher
Aug 2000 - Jun 2006
Archdiocese of Chicago

Music Teacher
Aug 1997 - Jun 2000
The Francenter

Private Music Instructor
Sep 1995 - Jun 1997
Van Moody School of Music


Music Performance
Sep 1994 - Jun 1999
Chicago State University
USMC Basic Musician's Course
Oct 1990 - Apr 1991
Armed Forces School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


K-12 Music
Jan 2013
Illinois State Board of Education


Apr 2007

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Mu Phi Epsilon
Sep 1997

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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